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14th August 2009

Summary:

It's a battle of the species as the Pearsons go toe-to-toe with the aliens in the attic.


When the Pearson family travels to their holiday home in Maine, they're all looking forward to a pleasant summer-long break. But the arrival of Bethany's (Ashley Tisdale) irritating boyfriend Ricky (Robert Hoffman) isn't the only unwelcome surprise. While taking a look around the house, Tom (Carter Jenkins) and Jake (Austin Robert Butler) discover a bunch of pint-sized aliens living in the loft. Despite their less-than-menacing appearance, it soon becomes clear that these two-foot tearaways have deeply despicable plans. They want to take over the planet and it's up to the plucky Pearsons to stop them. Using all the weapons at their disposal (garden rake, Slinky, umbrella), and with the help of their kick-ass nana, the kids gear up and get ready to go into battle to defend their family against the knee-high space invaders.

Review:

As far as summer kids' movies go, ALIENS IN THE ATTIC may be remembered as fondly 20 years from now as GOONIES is recalled today--IF lots of the cast members go on to become big stars. There is at least one kid character in ATTIC for nearly every age group, and the scenes of the film are divided fairly evenly between them. The adults are given fairly short shrift, with the possible exception of Doris Roberts as Nanna Rose Pearson. An honest effort is made to provide several plot lines to guide watchers through the story, including an explanation as to why screen time for the adult characters is minimized through the last half of the movie. The alien engineer Sparks (adequately voiced by Josh Peck) stands out as a memorable addition to the cast, though the other three aliens seem to be on hand merely to provide the pretense of a "threat" which younger movie-goers may take half-seriously, without actually being scared. The stop-action special effects, bringing to mind CLICK and a slew of other recent flicks, are just as effective here, if not more so, compared to the alien activities.